Traveling to the Marshall Islands may prove to be an unexpected experience. In the middle of exquisite natural beauty and sincere friendliness, one can become acquainted to lots of people, learn about both sides of the culture, meet a few "kings," and in the process be amiably called names. “The Marshall Islands grows on you”.
the Marshallese society is just like any other society. the atoll-owner you mentioned, pretending he'd be interested in changing things... I bet he wouldn't with the risk of losing his wealth.
You've been there, does the political instability affect travelers?
I haven't been there, but it sounds so relaxing and alive... getting a private moment along with a loved way, without being disrupted by a phone call, a TV program or an urgent task... although don't you get bored after a while? I mean just how long would it take to discover everything there is to see? And then what do you do?